For several years I have wanted to learn to braid on the karakumidai, but each time I scheduled a class life got in the way. I was thrilled to see Adrienne Gaskell’s announcement that the South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild would be hosting Makiko Tada in Miami for a series of classes in [...]Continue Reading →
I am thrilled to have finally completed the ply-split scarf that I started in the Julie Hedges Workshop at Braids 2012 in August! I had not done any ply splitting for quite some time, so it took a lot longer than I had expected it to take. Managing cords that were one-and-a-half meters long was [...]Continue Reading →
Sadly, Braids 2012 has come to a close. As with all conferences, there was as much education going on outside the classroom as there was inside. It is always an adventure to see new interpretations of ideas that seem routine to your own eyes, and to be inspired by and allow the work [...]Continue Reading →
Today all of the Braids 2012 conference attendees were taken by bus to the Paradise Mill and Silk Heritage Museum in nearby Macclesfield. The Museums truly rolled out the red carpet for us, and offered a variety of experiences for all. Here are some photos:
Teaching my class (Ayagaki – Charting [...]Continue Reading →
This Week In My Workroom
Sometimes I work on specific projects, other times I'm just experimenting, but I am
Here's what's going on this week.
Artist’s StatementI enjoy kumihimo precisely because it is not a mindless activity – it demands my focus and attention, engaging the problem-solving part of my brain. Whether the structure is one that I am braiding for the first time or a familiar one, I am required to concentrate on the way the threads work together to form that particular braid. It forces me to pay close attention to the process instead of hurrying or looking ahead. The individual moves lead one to another predictably, and the structure, once understood, tells me what should come next. This peaceful, rhythmic flow added to the pleasure of the color interactions and handling the silk is the joy of kumihimo for me.